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by Israel Adeoye | 17-01-2020 03:04 Comments 5 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Another book I have always mentioned concerning community water supply projects is this book. I came across this book in 2018 when I was planning to develop a water supply project in an area. For the project to be successful and properly executed, i needed to consult documents to increase my knowledge. It was during my search for a book that has practical and comprehensive details on how to develop a water supply project in a rural area that I came across the book titled “WATER SAFETY PLANNING FOR SMALL COMMUNITIES WATER SUPPLIES”.  The document, which is a manual for water supply planning, is one of the WHO publications. The document was prepared by Jennifer De France, WHO, Switzerland, David Drury, England, Bruce Gordon, WHO, Switzerland, Paul Heaton, formerly Power and Water Corporation, Australia, Han Heijnen, H&E Associates, Uganda, Jennifer Mercer, Health Canada, Canada, Oliver Schmoll, Federal Environment Agency, Germany, Sinead Tuite, Health Canada, Canada, with a good number of people who coordinated the development and participated in the review of the manual.

This is what Robert Bos, the Coordinator for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health, World Health Organization said in the preface of this book: “The principles and practice of water safety planning are increasingly being adopted around the world as the basis for the provision of safe and clean drinking-water. This process is most pronounced in urban conglomerates where the institutional infrastructure of municipal corporations, parastatal enterprises or private utilities is conducive to their adoption.

Water safety planning has a number of unique characteristics. One of these is its adaptability to different socioeconomic settings. Another is its capacity to be effectively applied at different levels and scales.

A considerable number of people in today’s world have to rely on small community water supplies for their everyday basic needs, both in industrialized and in less developed countries. These communities, often in remote places, tend to lack capacities for essential management, operation and maintenance, and implementation of technical improvements.

Water safety plans provide a reliable framework for such communities to strengthen their capacities and capabilities with a focus on cost-effective management of their water supplies. The present guidance documentputs water safety planning in the context of small community water supplies and provides a step-by-step approach for those charged with dealing with the everyday realities of maintaining a reliable, safe supply. It addresses members of small communities themselves, in addition to those supporting them in their endeavours to bring safe and clean water collectively to millions of people.

The International Small Community Water Supply Management Network, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) has made it its priority to provide tools, like this manual, that are of immediate practical use. The energy invested by the members of this Network needs due recognition. The WHO Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health programme and the Network look forward to feedback from the field on ways to further improve the manual, to be incorporated in the next edition of this text.”

When it comes to planning on supply of clean and safe water for communities, this book is the manual.


Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Israel

    Thank you for introducing such a great book with much information.
    It's really sad that still many people are suffering from the lack of water resource, which is the one of the basic needs in human life. I'm sure this book can be the great guide for those people who are planning to building a water supply system.
    Thank you for the great recommendation, and I will try this book one day.

    Again, Thank you for the great report.
    Posted 20-01-2020 12:57

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Israel

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Environmental Books

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 20-01-2020 04:56

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Israel,
    this is your mentor Lisa.

    Thanks for the great recommendation.
    Many of us including myself are used to having a well-institutionalized water sewage system that we are not knowledgeable of the situations that people of very small communities face still, those people rely on community water which doesn't have the modern technology that we do. Guaranteeing them sanitized clean water is very important as can be seen in the SDGs 6.
    I should really check that article out!

    Thanks for the great article and keep up your work:)
    Posted 18-01-2020 21:56


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Hello Adeoye, I just read your report on Environmental Books. It was nice reading it. Waiting for your next report!
    Posted 17-01-2020 23:36

Sagar  Koirala

  • Sagar Koirala says :
    Hello Israel ,
    I just read your report on Environmental Books. As per you, it seems like really important book for water management and supply .I don't how impactful it is, but it might be useful for Kathmandu Valley dwellers since there is scarcity of Water here .

    Green Cheers from Nepal

    Sagar Koirala
    Posted 17-01-2020 11:28

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